Dorm Life: Cardboard boxes make cheap dorm shelving

September 30, 2010  

Posted by Elena Harding

Welcome to my Dorm Life Blog, where I’ll cover topics from dorm organization to fun or interesting activities for the college student.

Last year I had a bookcase from Ikea in my room. Unfortunately, the supporting back panels broke during the move.

This semester, I decided not to bring it because I was afraid it would fall over. However, I still needed shelving and didn’t have the time or the money to go shopping for some. I decided to join in the cardboard furniture movement.

This shelving system, made up of cardboard boxes, holds everything from towels and blankets to glue and post-its. (PHOTO BY ELENA HARDING / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

The solution: The cardboard file boxes I used to move. I have 17 total, which cost about $25. The 10.25-by-24-by-15-inch dimensions are perfect for organizing toiletries, blankets and towels and office supplies. I don’t have the inclination, but you could paint the insides for a more festive look.

I also have some art supplies I brought with me with the absurd notion I might actually have time to use them. They are also on the cardboard box shelves. Without giving it much thought I put some of the heavier items on top.

A few days later, they fell. After I picked up the mess, I reorganized everything with the heavier items on the bottom. Sounds like a no-brainer, but sometimes trial and error trumps foresight. Other than that, these cardboard boxes have been a sturdy and cheap alternative shelving option.

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